Cougars Ready for Saturday's Opening Day Regatta

May 2, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. - - What's Happening This Week: Washington State's women rowing team will compete against the University of Washington and other regional schools in the Opening Day Regatta Saturday, May 4. The Cougars varsity eight boat, ranked No. 17 in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll, will head to the University of Victoria to scrimmage this weekend.

Head Coach Tammy Crawford On This Weekend's Regatta: 'Opening Day is always a very competitive regatta. This year it is more important to us for Pacific-10 team standings and the standings for the novice eight boat. Currently, the novice squad stands at first place in the Pac-10, and a good showing will keep them there and prepare them for the Pac-10 Championships coming up. The junior varsity eight will get another opportunity to face a strong Washington squad and we look for them to apply the same focus they have had in practice onto the water this Saturday.'

What Happened Last Week: Washington State women's rowing team entered Sunday in the Clemson Classic at Clemson, S.C. a long way from Pullman, but they will come back satisfied. WSU's second varsity eight boat captured first place at 6:41.6, defeating Duke, Clemson, and Tennessee. The Cougar No. 14 ranked varsity eight boat nearly eclipsed Oregon State for first place, crossing the line a mere 1.1 seconds out of the top spot. The Cougar varsity four finished in third behind Clemson and Duke at 7:29.5 in the varsity four race.

USRowing/CRCA Coaches Poll: The Cougars were ranked 14th last week before competing against the No. 16 Oregon State, and No.25 Clemson last week. With the close loss to Oregon State last weekend by the varsity eight squad, WSU dropped to No. 17 going into this weekend's competition.

International Strength: The Cougars come into the season with six international rowers with a combined 30 years of competitive rowing experience, including 12 years at the college varsity athletic level at WSU.

Crawford Wins One Award, Nominated for Another: The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) selected varsity head coach Tammy Crawford as the West Region Coach of the Year, May 23, 2001. Crawford fulfilled the criteria for the award based on team success during the season, team improvement from the prior season, harnessing the team's potential, and demonstrating a high level of professionalism and integrity as a coach.

In addition, Crawford was one of four up for The Everett Herald's 2001 Woman of the Year in Sports award. The nominees were chosen based on the criteria of displaying great skills through teamwork, sportsmanship, dedication and being a native of Snohomish County. The ceremony took place March 25, and though Crawford did not receive the award, she was honored to have been nominated.

Scaglione Takes the Helm: The coaching staff welcomed aboard a new face to take to the water as Vita Scaglione joined the Cougars as head coach of the women's novice team in August, 2001. Scaglione arrives to the Palouse after serving as assistant coach for the University of Michigan women's rowing novice squad for the past two years. Scaglione coached for two years at Michigan's Nike Rowing Camp, and spent one summer as an assistant coach at the U.S. Rowing Development Camp. Scaglione, who earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Michigan in 1999, was a three-year member of the Wolverine women's varsity rowing team, including one year as a captain. In 1999, she achieved third place in the NCAA National Championships as a rower in the second varsity boat.

Coaching Tenure: Tammy Crawford enters her 17th season as collegiate coach, and her 12th season as head coach of the varsity women's rowing program at Washington State University. Michelle Argenbright begins her fourth year as an assistant coach for the varsity squad, and Vita Scaglione makes her debut as novice head coach.
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